Media icon departs Speedway

March 27, 2009
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IMSBill York, who has worked in the Indianapolis Motor Speedway press room since 1958, is no longer with the Brickyard. IMS spokesman Ron Green confirmed that York and the Speedway parted ways, but would give no further details.

“I was asked to come in Monday to talk about staffing, and they asked me to retire,” York said. “So, I guess I’m retired. I guess maybe it had something to do with the economy.”

York, who turns 76 next month, has worked in a variety of media relations capacities at the Speedway from serving food to reporters and photographers, gathering statistics on crashes and other on-track events for the local and national press corps to managing the press room on the fabled track’s infield. York also was instrumental in getting Stark & Wetzel to sponsor the Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year Award.

York for years has been known as one of the Speedway’s best goodwill ambassadors. York has also made his mark with the Indiana Pacers and Indianapolis Colts. He began work in the Pacers’ press room in 1967, and still works for the team, helping assimilate player statistics during games and getting reporters other information needed on deadline. Pacers management in 1999 named their new press room in Conseco Fieldhouse the Bill York Media Center.

York has been involved with the Colts since they moved to Indianapolis from Baltimore in 1983. He continues with the team today. “I helped unload the first box off the Mayflower truck,” York said with a laugh.

York still helps put together game-day statistics for the Colts and helps team media relations boss Craig Kelley oversea media room operations on Sundays during the season.

York said he leaves the Indianapolis Motor Speedway with no regrets, but some sadness.

“I will miss the start of the Indianapolis 500,” York said. “I have thought and still think that moment is the most exciting in sports anywhere in the world. Naturally, I’ll miss being at the track, the cars and being in the middle of all of that. But mostly, I’ll miss the people that make this great sport what it is.”
  • Bill York has forgotten more about the Speedway than TG will ever know. He was one of the most valuable and gracious assets IMS had and the Hulman George cabal treated him like a indentured servant. If TG wasn't so stupid, he should be ashamed...
  • Another brilliant move from the IMS braintrust. They are a bastion of unrelenting idiocy and psychosis. Too bad that's the only entertainment value that operation has.
  • Wow, even bashing over staffing at IMS. Lets see, do you know the entire story? No. But of course that never stops the TG/IMS Haters from spewing their own odd form of logic. Brett, how do you know how he was treated?

    But I guess logic does not need to enter into your diatribes, just the chance to bash people over things you know little about.
  • Let's hear the real story then. And you can show that you are a liar and a fraud. Not that we didn't know that already.
  • I don't know the real story, and neither do you guys. If Mr. York wants to, I am sure there are plenty of media outlets who would carry his story. Otherwise, you are doing the usual slam TG/IMS/IRL regardless of what the facts are.

    So show us where I have lied or been a fraud? I am sure you have proof of this. Please post. Otherwise, grow up and post like a man and quit personally attacking people who disagree with you.
  • Otherwise, grow up and post like a man and quit personally attacking people who disagree with you.

    Or what? What are you going to do about it tough guy? You are another tough guy behind a keyboard. Go cry to Anthony. Again.
  • Brett,

    You really do sound like a 5th grade bully. Or what? I am sorry, am I supposed to threaten you? Sorry, I do not stoop to that level nor to the level of insulting people who disagree with me. Anthony has explained what he expects here. If he gets tired of your constant insults he will do what is needed. It is sorry that these boards are getting as immature as the Indy Star Boards. There used to be intelligent debate, conversation and respectful posters here. Too bad some do not understand.
  • Too bad some do not understand

    Too bad that a couple of people have self appointed the position of board monitors and feel the need to comment on every topic and cry to the actual moderator when their feelings get hurt or others opinions don't agree with their own. Grow up.
  • Too bad some do not realize that insults are childish. Trust me, you do not hurt my feelings, I really do not care how you feel. But you do hurt the discussion of topics on this board to spew your hatred for TG, IMS and the IRL and that is unfortunate. I guess you never learned that you can have an intelligent discussion without insulting others. It is ironic that the person acting like the 5th grade bully is telling me to grow up. I guess you are still mad that Anthony made you quit using cuss words and abbreviations for cuss words so now you do not look so cool to your classmates.
  • You know, 50 years on the job and 76 years of age...maybe it's just time to retire. Even the universally-beloved Tom Carnegie finally knew, though he didn't figure it out until he'd slipped a great deal.

    Surely there's a young man or woman now serving food to reporters who can finally move up to handing out statistics.
  • Well said thundermutt. These types of things often sting. Still, maybe, just maybe it was time for a change. That takes nothing away from Bill York. He was and is a fine man.
  • You guys better watch out, the TG haters will be all over you. No reason to bring logic and reason into this. It has to be that TG hates all. Sorry, I had to rant after reading the continued complaints from those guys.

    Yep, could be something more related to performance than anything else. IMS already has a historian.
  • I guess you are still mad that Anthony made you quit using cuss words and abbreviations for cuss words so now you do not look so cool to your classmates.

    Here's a new flash for you, internet tough guy. Until you have a column at IBJ or are named moderator, you can shut your cake hole and keep your illiterate comments to yourself. I could care less what you think about my posts. Did you go cry to Anthony about someone cussing? Did yer little feelers get hurt? TFB.....
  • I talked to Anthony about the cussing. There is no place on a business newspaper blog for that kind of childish behavior. He agreed. Sorry if that hurt your ability to communicate. Some day you will grow up to realize that you do not need to cuss or insult others to make a point. If you want to act like a child, I am sure there is plenty of room over at The Star blogs.
  • Ladies, let's take it outside...
  • I talked to Anthony about the cussing. There is no place on a business newspaper blog for that kind of childish behavior. He agreed. Sorry if that hurt your ability to communicate.

    I think you are the one who needs to grow up. I nstead of handling it like a man, you had to go cry to the teacher. Were you picked on in school? Yes, that's what I thought. Anthony has never said anything to me so as you can see I am free to say whatever I want. You are a nobody, a self imposed moderator. I doubt Anthony has the time or cares how YOU think this board should be managed. As I said previously, stop responsding to my posts. And grow up.
  • Bill York is a class act and will be missed by those who had the privilege to work
    with him in the IMS media center these many years.

    There's not much I can say about the IMS jokers (I guess I just did!)
  • Brett,

    He actually talked to all of us. He posted that everyone should watch what they say including abbreviations for cuss words. I am sure Anthony is not worried about what I think, but I am sure he cares what professionals think since this is a blog on a paper read by many professionals. (do you even have a subscription?)

    It is sad that you seem to think cussing and insulting others is mature, but you have somehow confused notifying the moderator and blog originator of violations of the blogs rules with being immature. I am sure if you want to e-mail or post questions to Anthony as to what is or is not acceptable, I am sure he would oblige you.
  • I'll type slower so you can keep up or you can have someone read it to you. Stop directly responding to me. I don't give a damn what you think. How's that?
  • I guess you have troubles with the truth then, because I have never seen you shy away from a discussion. You sound even more like a child. Do not talk to me.... That is funny. You know the easy way to avoid that is to quit posting. Then you would not have to deal with facts. Did you e-mail Anthony and ask him if he has issues with people cussing and insulting others on these boards? Take some of your own advice, you do not run these boards, do not think you have the right to tell others to quit responding to you.
  • It's too bad some peoples fat mouths are bigger than their brains. Of course one wouldn't expect a fan of the most dumbed down racing in the world to be smart anyway?

    Back on topic. It's an embarrassment that a 51 year employee of IMS was cowardly fired as the Indy 500* approaches it's centennial while a twit like _TG still runs the joint. Which lackey did _TG have fire York?
  • Again Brett speaks without knowing the facts. par for the course. Did you talk to Anthony about how he feels about the cussing and disrespect that happens on his boards?
  • I read the first couple of replies and do not have the heart to read anymore. Skipping down this page, I feel the need to post this. I do know, I am a better person for having Mr. York as part of my life. A great man once said. It's Indy that makes the driver...not the driver that makes Indy.

    In this case, I feel that the Man helped make Indy, and Indy did not make the man. My life has been touched by the legacy that Mr. York left. God willing, it will not end. Everyone has the ability to be compassionate, complicated, and sometimes down right righteous. Bill York, was simply, a man that raised the bar in all aspects of how an individual should treat another.

    Best regards, Bill,
    Rev. BJ Ely

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